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2013 Lexus GS350


After being revealed back in 1991, the Lexus GS will be entering its fourth generation by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

The new generation Lexus GS, which was officially introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will be built on a brand new platform, making it sportier and more efficient than the previous model. Under the hood, expect to see the same direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The real star of the show will be the 5.0-liter V8 engine with an output of about 450 horsepower found in the GS-F version .

According to Lexus "the fourth-generation GS model introduces a more defined and emotional design philosophy featuring a new distinctive front grille and styling cues that will soon be seen on all future Lexus vehicles. The new GS has also been engineered to provide a more engaging and dynamic driving experience and the highest levels of refinement."

UPDATE 12/22/2011: Lexus has announced prices for the 2013 GS 350 arriving in dealerships in early February 2012. The GS350 will be offered in rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a base MSRP of $46,900 or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a base MSRP of $49,450. An F SPORT Sport S+ mode adds another $5,690 and an optional navigation system adds $1,735.

UPDATE 01/24/2012: On January 6th, Lexus asked their Facebook fans which feature of the all-new GS they would like to learn more about. They voted, and today the company has unveiled a video about the car’s performance enhancements, based directly on the majority of votes. Enjoy!

Find out more about the Lexus GS350 after the jump

Exterior and Interior

Lexus GS350

With an all-new platform, the 2013 Lexus GS350 certainly looks the part of a crowd-pleaser. It now carries the brand’s new "spindle grille" while also drawing some subtle interpretations from the GS Concept. Sure, it’s not as aesthetically eye-popping as the concept, but you rarely find a production version that is. The new lighting configuration also shows a distinctive Lexus design feature with the deep-set, high-tech headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps. The headlamps use a projector beam design, adding a strong, chiseled appearance and excellent illumination.

Over at the back, you’ll find the rear bumper that now features a distinctive exhaust diffuser and centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow combined with the L-shaped LED tail lamps to lend an image of high-end performance. Overall, the new GS sheet metal represents a significant extension of the Lexus L-finesse philosophy that is the core of all Lexus product design.

Interior

Lexus GS350

The interior of the GS350 comes with a number of embedded premium upgrades that are included as standard equipment, including a new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow that uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated. There’s also a next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation that comes standard on all models.

Bluetooth phone and audio streaming are also standard and, together with a 5.1 surround sound stereo and eight-inch central control display mounted high in the center of the dash, offer plenty of technological advantages compared to its rivals. There’s also an SMS SMS text-to-speech system that allows drivers to have their messages read to them while responding with pre-canned texts. Then there’s the new Lexus Enform infotainment, which now carries Bing searches, as well as Facebook integration and Sirius XM data service. The Sirius XM data service is a useful tool for the driver to get the latest updates on a variety of topics, including traffic, weather, sports fuel prices, and movie ticket purchasing, and voice-enabled restaurant reservations through OpenTable.

Performance

Lexus GS350

The new Lexus GS350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. These figures translate to a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 142 mph.

The GS350 also offers three driving modes that spell the difference between conservative fuel-saving and high-performance maximum consumption. This comes courtesy of Lexus’ ECO mode and the Sport S and S+ systems.

The ECO mode revises throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control systems for better fuel economy where as the SPORT S mode revises throttle mapping and transmission shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the powertrain. Finally, the SPORT S+ mode engages handling enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable suspension, steering system, and vehicle stability control (VSC) together with the powertrain enhancements of the SPORT S mode.

Pricing

Lexus GS350

The 2013 Lexus GS 350 will be offered in rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a base MSRP of $46,900 or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a base MSRP of $49,450. An F SPORT Sport S+ mode adds another $5,690 and an optional navigation system adds $1,735.

Competition

Lexus GS350

A number of big-time models the Lexus GS350 has its eyes set on include the BMW 5-Series and the Infiniti M37.

The BMW 5-Series is without question more popular than the GS350 - and the Infiniti M37 for that matter - but that’s not taking into account the fact that of all three models, the M37 offers the best power output you can get. This is thanks to its 3.7-liter VVEL V6 engine and the corresponding 330 horsepower it comes with.

There’s also a bigger price to be paid - literally speaking - if you do decide to get the BMW 535i. We don’t yet know how much the new GS350 is going to cost, but it should sit a little close to the $46,000 price tag of the previous model. That’s a cheaper option compared to the $50,475 base price of the 535i.

So while you’re thinking of the allure and extravagance of the BMW 535i and the superior performance capabilities of the M37, it’s worth pointing out that the GS350 offers a mixture of both in an all-new package.

Lexus GS350
LOVE IT
  • New design is fantastic
  • Interior looks fresh
  • Plenty of new options
LEAVE IT
  • Stiff competition
  • Performance lacks compared to others


58 comments:

I like the sleek appearance of this car. The silver paint gives it an additional luster. The interior job is quite impressive and I like the dashboard so much.

The new model of Lexus GS350 was built on a brand-new platform which makes it look more sporty than the earlier version. The 3.5-liter V6 engine was pretty impressive that can produce 306 horsepower and accelerate up to 142 mph.

The figure performance of this model is remarkable. And that’s a great job that Lexus made up a perfect concept. As a whole, it’s indeed the best.

It looks so elegant on its platform. I love its sleek body paint and fantastic outer details. The interior looks fresh and comfortable.

It looks really impressive on its high styling upgrades. Its body paint suits the concept design and it doesn’t look bad at all. Actually, it looks very elegant.

The new exterior design is incredible and the interior looks fresh. The Lexus has unique lights with L-shaped LED daytime lamps with excellent illumination.

With the high-quality interior and a sharp handling, this 2013 version of Lexus GS350 would be the greatest car I’ve ever seen. It offers comfort, luxury and sportiness all at the same time. The interior is very striking with its comfortable seats.

The exterior design looks more luxurious and fantastic. 2013 Lexus GS350 offers a new technology-advanced interior look. Lexus focused only on the looks, the performance it not that good compared with competitors.

This Lexus has great designs too. It has 142mph maximum speed. It’s more refined than the last concepts of Lexus. The sprinting time is 5.7 seconds and a bit slower than the former one. 

The innovation of the car looks extravagant and the interior looks fresh. The car has an eye-catching concepts with plenty of new options.

Lexus has the line-up of great cars, and I love they’re beauty. The performance is terrifically good. I’m looking forward to seeing such great cars.

The car has a nice concept with high technologies and has a strong appearance. It has a brilliant headlamps. I love the S-flow system of the car to adjust in climate.

Lexus has now their raging car which is sporty and much closer to James Bond’s car. The interior is well-defined, it offers text-to-speech system that’s amazing. Facebook lovers will be more on the go because of its built-in facebook integration and bing searches and Sirius XM data service for latest topics, news, weather and traffic updates. Techno-car cool.

I agree with you guys! This is really a fabulous car. That exterior design is rocking with so much angst! I can imagine myself driving this, very proud of my so-called car. smiley

The new released of Lexus is so luxurious and so good to drive on. The whole package is absolutely awesome. Even with the paint and the exterior design; so amazing. The figure performance of this vehicle is remarkable.

The look is really impressive for a concept car like this one, but I think it is much looking better if it only has a simple platform design. I must say that the classy look and elegance of its color are kind of impressive at all.

It doesn’t look good at all with the exterior. It looks sloppy. I think it would be much better if they change it for good, it will surely help.

Wow! This car is really impressive! The whole package is absolutely awesome! I have seen many cars close to perfection but this one is much closer. Even the paint, the exterior design, very amazing!

I never thought that this car will be this fantastic since the spy shot for this one is not that good. By the way, it seems that most of you don’t like the car.

I’m impressed with the styling and platform design that this GS350 had, and I must say that, great choice of color. The front is obviously expressing that it is an aggressive car.

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